Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock Review

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The first thing you’ll notice about the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock is that the card is huge. This monster is about 11.5” long and sports a thick, triple-slot cooler that’s outfitted with not just one or two cooling fans, but five fans that actually pull air upward, parallel to the PCB, unlike most other graphics cards on the market.

Underneath the gigantic cooler on the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock lies an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU, with a base clock of 1137MHz and a boost clock of 1202MHz, and 2GB of GDDR5 frame buffer memory clocked at an effective 6200MHz. If you’re keeping track, those are some hefty overclocks above the reference GeForce GTX 680’s base, boost, and memory clocks of 1006MHz, 1058MHz, and 6005MHz, respectively.

The heatsink on the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock is about 9” long and 2.5” tall, and it consists of a dense array of aluminum heatsink fins and a vapor chamber, linked together by five 9.6mm copper heatpipes. As we’ve mentioned, there are five small cooling fans mounted along the top of the card, which pull air upward over the entire length of the heatsink fins. As you’ll see a little later, this cooler configuration does an excellent job keeping temperatures in check, but that cooling performance comes at a price. The smallish fans on the card emit an audible, high-pitched whine when the card is under load. More on that a little later.

In addition to its custom cooler, there are a few other things that differentiate the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock. For one thing, this card is a member of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable VGA+ family of products, which means it's outfitted with high-quality components such as Japanese Solid Capacitors, Ferrite Core and Metal Chokes, and Low RDS MOSFETs. This particular card also sports Tier 1 Samsung or Hynix memory and Prodalizers to help maintain clean and smooth power delivery. Gigabyte’s Super OverClock boards are also treated with aggressively binned and tested GPUs to ensure stability at factory overclocks and ensure some additional overclockability. Further, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock has a dual-BIOS switch that gives users the ability to switch from the standard BIOS to an alternate BIOS that caters to extreme LN2 overclockers.

Other features of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock include dual-8-pin power connectors, a rigid aluminum backplate, dual DVI outputs, and HDMI and DP outputs, as well as a custom case bracket with the letters "SOC" cut out to form vents.

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realneil one year ago


I had to look this one up Marco. Thanks for the new word.

I like this video card and it has some very impressive performance.

Marco C one year ago

Killer card, for sure. :) And thank Seth for the word--I had used it in the original text, but spelled it wrong. Seth fixed it while proofing. HAHAHA!

a750gixr one year ago

Giggity, giggity.

FayalAssaad one year ago

Was it too much trouble retesting the 7970 ghz with the latest drivers for a more accurate up to date comparison?

Being 1 or 2 drivers behind is understandable but 13.2 beta 4 is the latest.

Marco C one year ago

The 13.2 betas landed 2 days before this article was published.

HasnainAbbas one year ago

would like to see the review updated with the new drivers for both brands... from what i know... Radeons are currently offering higher performance... tested a HD7970 (none ghz on 13.3 drivers and at 1080p with physicx set to high ( i know its nvidia's gig) and a Overclocked i5 2500k... was giving a fairly decent 38fps...thats not bad considering u have physicx on...

as of time of writing... AMD Radion hd7970 and ghz edition are faster than nvidia's offering in GTX 680:P

well TITAN is another story but if u want to put in a 1k buck card in your system y not spend a little higher and get 2x sapphire hd7970ghz toxic or...even better for 800 u can get 2x hd7970ghz royal ace from club3d...

the club 3d royal ace i tested was the fastest single gpu card on my bench before the arrival of the titan

MatthewDunn one year ago

would love a giveaway with one of these

Clixxer one year ago

Very nice review. Good to see Nvidia and AMD are staying competitive and the manufactures are coming up with different ways to make these cards.

That and depending on what it is now but $479 is a really good price considering the power you are getting.


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